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2017 Winter Holiday Safety

Dec 12, 2017

The Holiday Season is upon us! While it's easy to get caught up in the festive spirit, make sure to stay fire-smart when decorating your home and Christmas tree!

Christmas Tree Safety

Tree Selection

  • Always choose a tree with fresh, green needles that stay on the tree when touched. 

Tree Placement

  • Cut two inches from base of the trunk, then place into the tree stand. 
  • Trees should be placed at least three feet away from heat sources like fireplaces, radiators, candles, heat vents or lights. 
  • Tress should be cleared from any exits
  • Be sure to add water daily to the tree stand to keep the tree fresh and green.

Lighting the Tree

  • Use lights that have been listed by a qualified testing laboratory.
  • Make sure that you only use lights for their intended location, indoor or outdoor. 
  • Replace lights with worn or broken cords or loose bulb connections. Make sure to refer to the manufacturer's instructions for correct installation. 
  • Never use lit candles to decorate the tree
  • Make sure to turn off tree lights before leaving your house or going to bed.

After Christmas - Tree Disposal

  • Make sure to dispose of the tree after Christmas or when it is dry. Dried-out trees are a fire hazard. 
  • On January 6 and 7, 2018 Delta Lions Club will be hosting tree chipping services throughout Delta. Learn more here

Holiday Decorating

  • Choose decorations that are flame resistant or flame retardant.
  • Keep lit candles away from decorations and other things that can burn easily. 
  • Use clips instead of nails to hang lights. This protects cords from getting damaged
  • Keep doorways, windows, and other exits clear of decorations


  • Test your smoke alarms and tell guests about your home fire escape plan
  • Keep lit candles away from children and pets
  • keep matches and lighters up high in a locked cabinet
  • Be present for any cooking on a stovetop
  • Ask smokers to smoke outside, and provide a large deep ashtray for them to discard butts. 

For any fire or emergency, please dial 9-1-1. Be sure to take a look at some helpful tips to keep you prepared for the upcoming winter season.